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How Good Are You at Multitasking

How Good Are You At Multitasking Do you pride yourself on being able to juggle multiple tasks well? I have sometimes been accused of preferring to do one task at a time, as if that is a crime. But after reading an article in a US publication I feel somewhat vindicated. The essence of the…

Computers and Disasters

Computers, Disasters and our Dependency Upon Them When I started in earnest a number of years ago to transfer and restore old media, the only thing I identified that might be a problem was having to work with and largely depend upon computers. Now, I am not going to enter into any debate about Macs…

Cleaning and Handling CDs and DVDs

Cleaning and handling CDs and DVDs is a basic thing everyone should understand and practice. For one thing it helps to lengthen the life of the media which carries the message we would not like to loose. But First a Bit Of Explanation The recording on a CD and DVD disc is protected to some…

Video Noise Restoration

Here are some short clips I transferred from Emma the movie originally taken from a VHS video tape demonstrating video noise restoration. On the left side is the original video as transferred from the VHS tape. On the right hand side of the screen a special process  was applied in the computer to reduce video…

Technology and the Last 100 Years

It’s An Age Related Thing Somehow we have become used to the kind of technology we have known of in our lifetime. For those of us a bit older change has crept upon us, but it can even be worse than that. We firstly grew up in a very different sort of analog era. Now…

Traditional Broadcast vs Internet TV

Technical news sources have been abuzz for some time about developments in Broadcast vs Internet TV. Streaming Video For some time we have had access to streaming video such as YouTube or various web sites providing catch up viewing for old episodes of broadcast TV shows etc..  To demonstrate how things have changed, past US…

Maintenance Verses New Technology

When our system gets out of whack and we go to the doctor. Though most of the time they are just eliminating possibilities and treating symptoms. The technology and equipment we use every day needs something else. It needs to either work or someone has to to be able to fix it. That is where…

Searching for Captain Thunderbolt

The National Film and Sound Archive in Australia is constantly on the lookout for early material to add to the national collection of our audio visual heritage. One hunt has been for the original 35mm film material of the film Captain Thunderbolt produced in 1951 by Cecil Holmes. Until now only available as an incomplete…

Australian Computer History

History of Computers in Australia Australia had some significant milestones in Australian computer history. Australian computer science made big strides in the construction of early electronic computers and in applications for research, industry and government. Below is just some of the more important steps made at a time when all this was still very new…

When Were the First Sound Recordings

When were the first sound recordings made? If you ask most people about the first sound recording they would reply Edison. He recorded a nursery rhyme on a cylinder gramophone in 1877 and when they do you can tell them they are wrong! They may then state that prior to this mechanical musical devices such…